By Geshe Tashi Tsering
Relative fact, final fact is a transparent and remarkably sensible presentation of a middle Buddhist instructing at the nature of fact. Geshe Tashi Tsering presents readers with a superb chance to reinforce not just thier wisdom of Buddhism, but additionally a robust ability to profoundly increase their view of the world.
The Buddhist educating of the "two truths" is the gateway to figuring out the often-misunderstood philosophy of vacancy. This quantity is a superb resource of aid for somebody drawn to cultivating a extra holistic and transformative figuring out of the area round them and eventually in their personal cognizance.
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Ifl, Ananda, on being asked by the wanderer, Vacchagotta, if there is a Self, should have answered that there is a Self, would this have been in accordance with my knowledge that 'all things are not Self'? Thi,!! would have not been so, Lord. If, Ananda, I, on being asked by the wanderer, Vacchagotta, if there is not a Self, should have answered that there is not a Self, the wanderer Vacchagotta, already confused, would have been increasingly confused and he would have thought: Was there not formerly a Self for me?
Therefore to eliminate dukkha one has to eliminate the root cause of dukkha, namely, tal)hii, which in effect means the elimination of the notion of the self. For this it is necessary that one comes to a true understanding of the real nature of the self- that is that there is no permanent self; that one is anattii. Thus we may state the relevance of the anattii doctrine to the human predicament as follows. Man is in this dukkha predicament because of his attachment (tal)hii), to a false notion of the self conceived as a permanent entity.
This was the question that King Milinda asked the Monk Nagasena. In answering, Nagasena used the term bhavanga. E. R. Sarathchandra, commenting on how this word came to be adopted into Buddhism, says: Whether the Abhidhamma scholiasts were aware that they were reintroducing vijnana into Buddhism and using it in an unauthorised sense or not, they gave the word bhavanga the same meaning of 'factor of existence', bhava plus anga. In fact, the tradition of bhavanga as the cause of existence seems to have exerted so much influence that both commentators of the Abhidhammatthasangaha, Sumangala and Sariputta Sangharajah, force into the word anga the meaning of cause and explain bhavanga as the cause of unbroken continuity of the individual in various existences.
The Foundation of Buddhist Thought, Volume 2: Relative Truth, Ultimate Truth by Geshe Tashi Tsering